What we do

Welcome to the Climate Advocacy Lab.

Every day, thousands of advocates and organizers across the country are working to build public support for solutions that will ensure all people have clean air, renewable energy, and a livable planet.

And that vision for our communities is one shared by the vast majority of Americans, who understand climate change is real; support transitioning our economy to clean energy; and want decision-makers to take action to reduce pollution.

Despite the growing breadth, depth, and diversity of support for climate solutions, many decision-makers, especially at the federal level, are failing to act in ways that match the urgency and scale of the problem. Scientific warnings become more dire every year, but our minds are hard-wired to ignore threats that feel distant in time and place -- and an extremely well-coordinated and resourced opposition have made climate change the most polarized issue in the country.

We need decision-makers at every level to support solutions that stop fossil fuel infrastructure projects, reduce global warming pollution, dramatically increase renewable energy production, and protect the people most impacted by climate change and the toxic legacy of the fossil fuel industry. But we know that decision-makers won’t take meaningful action until they feel meaningful pressure from their constituents.

We have seen the transformational change that is possible when campaigns lead with vision and values, and organize strategically and inclusively to build durable power. With politics, time, and even our own psychology working against us, we have to build a stronger climate movement that engages more Americans and keeps them mobilized over time.

Recognizing the whole of our movement is so much greater than the sum of its individual parts, the Climate Advocacy Lab helps climate and clean energy advocates run smarter public engagement campaigns.

How we do it

The Lab is a growing network of advocates, data experts, social scientists, and funders developing and sharing best practices for mobilizing Americans to take action on climate and clean energy issues, and for organizing to build the power of our movement.

The Interactive Tools provide easy access to a wide range of social science, polling, and engagement data related to climate change.

The Resource library houses the latest case studies, research and articles related to how best to engage and mobilize Americans on climate change.

The Trainings page offers information on past and upcoming workshops and webinars, allowing you to dive deeper into issue areas that intersect with your campaign – from Communicating Climate Change to Conservatives to examining the question “Do online activists ever move offline? to Designing Campaigns that Build Political Power.

The Community section allows you to view a full list of Lab Members, Ask-an-expert questions related to public engagement on climate and clean energy issues.

History

Originally incubated at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Climate Advocacy Lab is now an independent project supported by the Skoll Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and Barr Foundation in partnership with leaders from throughout the climate engagement community.

The Lab is advised by a Governing Board made up of leaders from across the climate and clean energy communities, including: Bruce Lowry (Chair), Director, Policy and Global Security; Skoll Foundation Liz Judge, Communications Officer, Environment; Hewlett Foundation Aimee Witteman, Program Director; McKnight Foundation Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director; U.S. Climate Action Network Lisa Hoyos, Climate Parents Director; Sierra Club Climate Parents Program Jamila Raqib, Executive Director; Albert Einstein Institution Kevin Grandia, Founder and President; Spake Media House, Inc. Refugio Mata, Program Director; League of Conservation Voters Sean Kosofsky, Director, Climate Advocacy Lab.

We welcome feedback on how to make the Lab more useful to climate engagement efforts, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with ideas on how the Lab can better serve this community by sending a note to info@climateadvocacylab.org.

 

These resources are private and require Lab membership to view. If you're interested in becoming a Lab member, reach out to us!